At Floor Coverings International of Madison, we’re experts in all aspects of the flooring process, from materials to installation. Whether you’re looking for hardwood, tile, carpet, or laminate flooring, Floor Coverings International of Dane County is sure to have exactly what you’re looking for, and we always have great Design Associates on hand to help guide you in the process. One product that our customers tend to love is engineered wood flooring. Whether you’re looking for new flooring in your bedroom or your entryway, engineered hardwood may be the right choice for you. Read on to learn a bit about the product, as well as applications that are ideally suited for this incredible product.

A Bit of Background

First introduced in the late 1960’s, engineered hardwood floors have continued to improve in appearance and application since they were first introduced. At this point, engineered wood floors make up nearly 30 percent of the flooring market in the U.S. Engineered wood flooring is made up of a thin veneer layer of solid wood that is attached to plywood backing. Available in dozens of different wood species, as well as numerous surface effects such as hand-scraped, engineered wood flooring has emerged as a great option for those looking for the hardwood look for a lower price.

The advantages of engineered wood flooring are many, with the most often cited being its affordable price point. Because of the improvements in engineered wood technology, the products being offered today by major flooring manufacturers are nearly indistinguishable in look from hardwood flooring. Furthermore, engineered hardwood tends to handle moisture and temperature much better than traditional wood flooring due to the use of plywood, which can withstand the elements without warping or expanding. Most engineered wood floors come with a warranty of at least ten years, making it a product meant to last in your home. If you’re searching for a product that looks great while being built to withstand the test of time, engineered wood flooring is a great choice.

Where in the Home Engineered Wood Works Best

Although engineered wood flooring is perfect for the entire home, there are a few areas in the house that the product is ideally suited for. The moisture found in most basements tends to do a job on solid wood flooring, whereas engineered wood is built for such a task due to the crisscross application of its veneer. Engineered hardwood flooring is also ideal for homes that utilize radiant heat. Whereas thick, solid wood flooring can have trouble transferring heat, the thinner engineered boards are more than up to the task. It must be said that although engineered wood flooring is better suited for wet spaces than traditional hardwood, it may have trouble handling the extreme moisture often found in bathrooms and laundry rooms.


At Floor Coverings International, we’re experts on all aspects of flooring, including engineered hardwood. If you’re in the market for new flooring, call u today for your free in-home estimate. You’ll be glad that you did.